Organic Beauty. They've won numerous awards, are worn by celebrities, and are one of the better know healthy makeup brands out there. Vapour was kind enough to send me a few products to review and I've really enjoyed trying them out over the last few weeks. I already mentioned the Illusionist Concealer in my recent post on under eye concealers, but I was also excited to receive the Stratus Soft Focus Instant Skin Perfector and Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation, since these two are something of cult favorites in the natural beauty community. Keep reading to find out if I thought they lived up to the hype!
Stratus Soft Focus Instant Skin Perfector
The Stratus Soft Focus Instant Skin Perfector has the texture of a light, slightly runny moisturizer. It smells fruity with a hint of something else I can't quite put my finger on. The scent is nice, but not at all overbearing. I've been using s902, which is recommended for fair to medium skin with neutral or pink undertones, but I think almost any skintone would be able to wear this shade. Vapour describes the Skin Perfector as, "a 3-in-1 moisturizer, primer and no-color foundation," and I think that's pretty accurate. In a lot of ways it acts like a moisturizer, but it also goes one step further and really makes your face look more polished and radiant. There's no real coverage, but it does manage to color correct minor redness and discoloration.
My favorite way to use this has been on its own, with just a little concealer in any problem areas. Stratus gives an incredibly natural finish and truly doesn't look like you're wearing makeup. To be honest, I don't notice much difference using it as a primer under liquid or cream foundation, but I've experimented with using it under mineral foundation and mixing it with my All Natural Face Cream Foundation to make more of a tinted moisturizer, and I really like using it both of these ways. That said, at $54, it's definitely on the pricier side, so I've mostly been saving it to wear on its own on light, 'no-makeup' makeup days.
Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation
I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again, but I really like my skin to look like skin. Vapour's Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation has the same lovely, light consistency and smell as the Skin Perfector, but it unfortunately hasn't worked as well for me in other ways. It feels very much like a thin moisturizer as you apply it, and it's almost as if my skin drinks up that moisture and leaves the pigment from the foundation just sitting on top of my skin. I've tried multiple ways of applying it, both with my fingers and a few different brushes, but I haven't been able to get rid of that foundation look. It's not that it looks cakey - it really doesn't - but it very noticeably looks like makeup on my skin. It's funny, because I've seen this foundation recommended, even by male bloggers, as the exact opposite. I've used it both with the Stratus Skin Perfector and on its own, with similar results. I also had minor issues with it transferring, even after being set with a powder.
In terms of colors, I feel like the shades run a bit darker than they look online. I was sent s110 (for fair skin with pink undertones), which is probably the same shade I would have chosen myself based on the photos on Vapour's website, but it's a little too dark for me. Still, even though it looks super dark on my hand, it manages to sheer out and blend into my skin fine. I would probably go down a shade if I had the option, but s110 is still completely wearable.
The concealer is another big hit with me! I've seen other bloggers criticize the coverage, but I really think this is a top notch product. It conceals well - be it redness, blemishes, or dark circles - but it doesn't look heavy or cakey. 010 is the perfect match for my skin and it blends in effortlessly. It's also super brightening, which definitely helps under the eyes. This is actually the first cream concealer I've found that really works under my eyes, so that alone has me extra impressed!
For application, I find I get the best results from warming it up on the back of my hand, then applying it directly from the tube to my under eye area. After that, I just gently tap it in with my fingers. It does need to be set with a powder, or else I find it shifts around a little throughout the day. My one small complaint is that it does tend to settle into the lines under my eyes about halfway through the day, but that's easy enough to fix. And, considering how much I love everything else about this concealer, it's not something that would stop me from buying it in the future.
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Disclosure: Product provided for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review in return for free product, nor was I compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.